Make An Investment In Your Teen
The most common time for full orthodontic treatment are the teenage years because it is during that time that the majority of permanent teeth are coming into place.
Thankfully, today’s technology makes orthodontic treatment quicker and easier than ever before.
All You Need To Know About Orthodontics For Teens
Dr. Miller’s years of orthodontic experience and specialized training enable him to easily identify a multitude of problems, including spacing, crowding, bite issues and more. At this age, your teen’s bones and jaws are developed enough to make beginning orthodontic treatment an efficient process, but there is still adequate growth remaining to be able to make meaningful changes to jaw and bone structures which if missed may require more aggressive or invasive measures to correct once growth is no longer available.
In some cases, teens have already undergone a previous first phase of treatment at a younger age (aka Phase 1) and are now ready to follow up with full braces or aligners to achieve their final and perfect result.
Beyond the cosmetic effects, dental problems that are left untreated can have lifelong consequences for your teen’s oral and overall health.
We encourage ALL of our patients to come in for a complimentary screening exam by age 7 so we can check for developing issues before they become more significant, but if you start to notice any of the following issues, make sure you schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miller to determine if your teen will benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Signs Of A Bad Bite
Identifying and treating certain orthodontic issues can have a multitude of benefits, both short-term and long-term.
What’s considered a “bad bite” problem can typically be corrected with the right orthodontic treatment at the right time, including:
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Teeth that have been straightened with orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
Select Your Style
Once we’ve done an initial exam, we may include an orthodontic appliance in your teen’s treatment plan.
At Miller Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer you the following treatment options.
Traditional Metal Braces
Today’s braces have come a long way in recent years. Most people tend to think of bulky metal contraptions when they picture braces.
However, we no longer use the bulky orthodontic appliances of the past, and today’s braces are much more lightweight and comfortable than ever. Many teens like to wear different colored elastics with their metal braces to support their favorite team, or just express their personal sense of style!
Ceramic Or Tooth-Colored Braces
Sometimes referred to as clear braces, these function just like traditional braces, with a more discreet look.
These braces are designed to blend in with your teen’s natural smile, making them more subtle than traditional braces.
Invisalign® for Teens
The Invisalign system consists of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are almost invisible and completely removable.
The aligners are made out of soft plastic. This gives your teen a more comfortable orthodontic treatment, with no abrasions or friction inside your child’s mouth.
Your teen will switch out their aligner for the next in the series as instructed by Dr. Miller. When worn the full 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will move into the desired position, giving beautiful, long-lasting results.
In the hands of the expert team at Miller Orthodontics, Invisalign can be used effectively for even the most severe orthodontic cases.